I had L4/5 fusion 9/29, TLIF. All went well but one leg was numb after surgery, eventually becoming painful. It's definitely nerve pain. This leg was 100% fine before surgery.
I saw the Dr's. Fellow last week and he told me that a monitor showed that one of the screws indicated it was irritating a nerve during the surgery. Because I have small bones they were afraid to take the screw out due to possible vertebrae cracking. The surgeon tried to move the screw a little so as to relieve the nerve and the nerve monitor showed that he had achieved this goal.
But why the nerve pain in my left leg??? The Fellow put me on Lyrica and said if that doesn't work after 2 weeks he'll give me a steroid pack. If that doesn't work, I don't know the next step. The Fellow would not say! I'm praying this works but so very afraid it won't. My guess would be I'd have to wait at least 1 year and then they'd remove the screw.
Any thoughts on this issue? Thanks friends.